I have never understood the drive behind young adults who feel the need to press the pedal to the metal. Sure, I know there is an adrenaline rush whenever you do something that is seen as dangerous or against the law. Is that what these boys were seeking last week when their race led to the death of a mother of two? What is it about testosterone that seems to override the brain between the ages of 16-30 (many would argue the first number to be much lower and the second to be much higher). I’m sure there is remorse for their actions. They will live the rest of their lives knowing that two small children will never be the same. They know that a family was torn apart and will forever be scarred by the sudden loss.
Should we just move on from here declaring, “boys will be boys?” Just like teen promiscuity, they’re going to do it anyways so we should just provide them some safety. Along with high schools handing out condoms they should also hand out some checkered flags with instructions for “safe racing.” That seems to be right in line with the logic I hear all too often. It’s the kind of logic that makes a city like Fresno #1 in the state for teen pregnancies. That’s an accomplishment we can be proud of!
Thankfully, that isn’t the route the Fresno Police Department has decided to take. This past weekend 43 tickets were handed out targeting vehicles decked out for racing. Hopefully, those 43 individuals who recieved a ticket will think twice before revving that engine. If that doesn’t work, I know of a great place where we can get some cheap racing flags.
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